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Royal Canadian Mint

1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - Canadian Dinosaurs: Albertosaurus - Mintage: 8,500 (2015)

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Albertosaurus sarcophagus resided in what is now western Canada during the Late Cretaceous, between 72 and 68 million years ago. Resembling a slender, long-limbed Tyrannosaurus rex (a closely related species that emerged several million years later), Albertosaurus sarcophagus bore a large head, sharp teeth, long tail, and tiny two-toed forelimbs.

Special features:
•   Your coin features the dinosaur's Latin name, Albertosaurus sarcophagus, sunk into the coin as if carved into rock.
•   This intricately scaled design has been enhanced with multiple finishes, giving a lifelike appearance to the dinosaur.
•   The scientific accuracy of the Albertosaurus sarcophagus depiction has been verified by paleontologists at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology.
•   Perfect for science lovers and those who enjoy dinosaurs, prehistoric life, and Canadian history.
•   Crafted in 99.99% pure silver, your coin is also GST/HST exempt.
•   Mintage is limited to 8,500 worldwide.

Coin design:
The reverse image by Canadian artist Julius Csotonyi features an interpretation of how Albertosaurus sarcophagus may have looked. Presented from the left side in three-quarter profile, this full-body portrait showcases the ancient carnivore's most fascinating traits. The beast's large head is topped with ridge-like horns above its small side-placed eyes. The massive mouth is wide open, presenting the dinosaur's generous rows of sharp, jagged teeth and widely hinged jaw. A short but muscular S-curved neck leads to a thick body with reduced forelimbs bearing two clawed digits and long, powerful hind legs standing on large three-toed feet. In the background, a long tail counterbalances the large head. In this depiction, Albertosaurus sarcophagus is portrayed with filamentous feathers or proto-feathers running along the back of the animal and lining the back of each forelimb. The rest of its scaly body surface is densely pebbled—an element skillfully portrayed in exceptional detail by Royal Canadian Mint engravers. The scientific accuracy of this depiction has been verified by palaeontologists at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.

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